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Gildas Berthelot was born in France in 1961. He is a graduate in Visual Arts from both the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Quebec University in Montreal. He learned to be a cabinetmaker when he was young in his father’s workshop and inherited his father’s passion and knowledge for the cabinet-making trade. Gildas Berthelot lives and works in Montreal, Canada. His work is included in the permanent collections of Quebec’s Fine Art Museum.

Both a cabinetmaker and a visual artist, Gildas Berthelot has forged a unique path in the world of contemporary design over the past 30 years. His vision and his experience give birth to sculptural furniture pieces that are also imaginary creatures, shaped thanks to his exceptional ingenuity in craftsmanship techniques.

Gildas Berthelot’s sculpture uses living, natural forms whose rich arabesque-like shapes liberate his work from the usual typologies to invent new organisms. The play of curves and counter curves, the tangible sensuality of matter, polished wood or bronze, give life to imaginary bodies that also are fantasy creatures. His works are ellipses, both natural and supernatural, both incarnated and abstract. “My sculpture is first of all fiction in a real world.”